The single-seater Cadillac – technically a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone – will be able to travel from an urban rooftop to an urban rooftop at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.

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General Motors Co on Tuesday introduced a futuristic Flying Cadillac – an autonomous vehicle that takes off and lands vertically and carries the passenger over the streets and through the air.

A senior GM executive described the concept as “reinventing the future of personal transportation.”

The single-seater Cadillac – technically a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone – will be able to travel from an urban rooftop to an urban rooftop at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.

It is fully self-contained and fully electric, with a 90 kW motor, GM Ultium battery and an ultralight body with four pairs of rotors.

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The Flying Cadillac was featured in a video as part of a virtual presentation by General Manager Mary Barra, with a family-friendly Cadillac electric shuttle.

Barra revealed last year that the automaker is exploring alternative modes of transportation such as air taxis.

The concepts for the CES video were showcased by GM’s chief design officer Mike Simcoe, who described the VTOL as “the Cadillac of urban air mobility.”

“VTOL is key to GM’s vision for a multimodal future,” said Mr.

The autonomous Cadillac shuttle, described in the video as “coming soon”, features a boxy silhouette reminiscent of the Cruise Origin, also designed by the team at Simcoe. It features front and rear sliding doors and a panoramic glass roof.

The interior features wrap-around lounge-style seats, biometric sensors, voice commands and hand gesture recognition.

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GM declined to disclose further details.

Other automakers, including Toyota Motor, Hyundai Motor and Geely Automobile, have already showcased concept air vehicles as part of their future planning.

GM declined to disclose further details. GM shares rose 5.8% to $ 47.62 early in the afternoon.

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